Sunday on the Palmiet River

Following our return to Hermanus from a very successful 5 week birding trip, Gillian and Andrew asked us to join them for a picnic and walk along the Palmiet river in the Kogelberg on Sunday. It was a beautiful, if cool day and we really enjoyed seeing the river running strongly after the rains of the previous two days.

Our picnic was wonderful – if excessive.  We seemed to have too many good things to eat and some chilled wine washed it all down well!  We returned to our cars, well satisfied after ten vigorous kilometres.  The beauty of the mountains and valley is something that one cannot easily forget and we will return often to this lovely area.

Jonkershoek

Yesterday we met at the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley for a hike up the valley. Being Easter Saturday there were many people out enjoying the day, despite the strong south-easterly wind that was funneling down the valley. We stopped in the stream bed for a snack and Gillian surprised us with some really tasty snacks for lunch – five star stuff!! – before returning to our cars and setting off to Atlantic Beach.

A Weekend in Knysna

When Michael and Nicky went to East London to represent their province in the Masters’ Interprovincial Hockey Tournament, we spent the weekend in Knysna with Travis and Robyn.  This gave us the opportunity to do some birding – a walk at Belvedere revealed three Olive Woodpeckers, some Swee Waxbills, a pair of Blue-Mantled Crested Flycatchers and a Klaas’s Cuckoo – in that order!  These are not common birds, so we were thrilled to see them so easily.

We also enjoyed walks in the Rheenendal Forest and at Leisure Isle.  I had a chance to photograph Robyn at home and then again when we took her to her riding lessons – where she showed us how well she handles her favoured mount, Coffee.

Family photographs

I had fun putting together a large composite image which I have had printed and framed. It is made up of 99 separate images, and provides an insight into the extended family since the advent of digital images.  Hanging in our home, it is a constant reminder of what our family means and the need to keep in touch at all times.

Family set for blog
Fifteen years of family life

Inter-Provincial Hockey

In the last few days we had the pleasure of watching Travis representing SWD in the U16c team playing Field hockey.  His team did not do too well but he was awarded man on the tournament for his team, so we are well proud of him.

Then Keagan represented WP in the U12a Indoor hockey event and we were thrilled that his team, the Seals, won Silver.  Well done!!

On the Rocks

A pleasant Sunday morning walk along the Cliff Path at Hermanus included a visit to the blowhole and a chance to recapture a group photo on the Mossel River bridge – not quite the same as the one taken nine years previously.